The wonderful weekend is over and it is time to get back to another anticipated incredible work week. Although I was armed with my camera I ended up taking no pictures other than an ocean shot. Most of the beauty I witnessed was driving through the coastal range after the storms subsided and the sun came out. This was due to the fact that we really were concentrating more on getting back home and getting some things done to prepare for the week.
We did a little shopping yesterday morning at the factory outlets in Lincoln City. Sharon found a few of her favorite shops and I found the Columbia store. I picked out a few shirts for work and play and was pleased with the price.
We also spent a little time at the casino where we had a wonderful dinner and lost a little bit of money. I have never been a gambler and actually dislike it a great deal, but every now and then I give it a whirl. Being an observer of people I always notice the faces of those in a casino. I saw mostly sad or angry faces and occasionally a happy excited one amongst those mesmerized by the lights, music and sounds of the gambling machines. Many had their own little routines they would perform as if they were rubbing the belly of the buddha in hopes that by pushing a button they can hit a jackpot. The jackpot of course is in the pockets of the owners of the casino who are not to quick to share it with too many. If anyone was to tell me that humanity has lost hope I urge them to visit a casino as these places are filled with hope.
There is such a sadness when I see people getting caught up in this cycle of ill thought when I know that too many are dumping hard earned money into a machine that should remain in their checking accounts. And for many it is actually borrowed money taken out on a credit card in which they will have to pay back with interest. I remember all too clearly lines of senior citizens in the local convenience stores trading their retirement money for a dream of scratch off tickets and pick it numbers. If winning money is the last hope our elderly have in their golden years then what message is it sending to the young.
Like the alcoholic or drug addict the gambler is also invested heavily in his or her drug of choice. It’s all about feeling that high of being a winner. A moment in the sun to take them away from either boredom or a desperately sad life.
It is not all but I know that is many. There are those in the casino like myself who may stop in for dinner and spin a few wheels once every couple of years. For me I find greater joy in the great outdoors where I find silence and peace in this world. The Eagle taking flight or the power of the waterfall brings about a certain wonder that life really is good and so am I.
Blood Sugar- 95, Weight- 185.6